Gallery - Trevor Ashwin

Graduating from the University of York in Archaeology and History in 1984, I entered professional archaeology. For twenty years now I have lived and worked here in Norfolk as a field archaeologist, editor and researcher, specialising in prehistory and the ancient countryside.

More recently, encouraged by Imogen, I have also worked as an artist, recording my impressions of the landscape of my adopted county in summer and winter, and by day and night.

  • In my work in archaeological research and interpretation, I seek an objective view of the past. My job is to ensure that factual information is verified, archaeological claims can be substantiated (somehow or another!) and arguments are presented in a balanced manner.
  • As an artist I wish to remain faithful to the thoughts, memories, impressions and fantasies that come to me as I travel across the landscape. This is a completely different discipline. Subjectivity is everything, and I feel responsible only to myself.

But is the second path necessarily easier to follow than that of the researcher and editor?

These images are specific to various places I have visited or worked at, most of them ancient sites. They have been shown at various exhibitions, notably at the Norwich Fringe Festival, at SLASH 2007 (St Margaret's church, Norwich), at SAW 2011 (Salthouse Church, Norfolk) and at the University of East Anglia (Self Spirit Surroundings, 2010).

TG 060 277: Guestwick, site of prehistoric barrow. Reality check
TG 071 416: Salthouse, Neolithic causewayed enclosure. Things still happen here today
TG 075 432: Salthouse Heath. The cold, dry pinewoods resound
TG 22 04: Caistor St Edmund, prehistoric barrow ditch. Shall we travel down the scars – or seek out the cracks and threads?
Still Life Talking. Gallows Hill barrow, Kelling Heath, 21 December 2008, 16:14
Still Life Talking (1 of 9). TG 0795 4241: Gallows Hill barrow, Kelling Heath, 8 May 2009, 23:15
West Rudham, Neolithic long barrow, 2 Jun 2007 23:51. Tonight the waves fall silent
Axis (image 1 of 4). TG 0714 4187: barrow on Salthouse Heath, 19 April 2011, 13:28
Axis (image 3 of 4). TG 0774 4215: Three Halfpenny Hill barrow, Salthouse Heath, 13 June 2011, 23:16
Wells-next-the-Sea, 22 June 2008, looking north. ‘... but no-one had to run for the hills’